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Updates from the Lair 2/22/15

Updates from the Lair

Updates from the Lair is my weekly wrap-up post that includes what happened in my real life, what I’ve been reading, my posts from the week, and what I’m thinking about reading next week (and would love your advice on!). 

Today is my birthday! :D I’ll be 25 at about 4:00pm if I recall correctly (what my mother told me, I didn’t glance at a clock when born, hehe). The other really big news is I’m having back surgery! March 11th at 10am they’ll make a 1inch incision and use a laparoscopic procedure to cut out the part of the disc that is pinching my nerve with a laser. I’ll have to spend one night in the hospital, but then can go home and should be feeling pretty good right away. I do have to avoid lifting more than 10lbs for six weeks though and my backpack with my computer in it is more than 10lbs…. I’m going to get one of those rolling bags though so that I can be careful. I’m going to be working hard to follow all the doctor’s orders to hopefully keep in good help for many decades to come :D.

My Week

Jinn and JuiceI heard from a friend that Nicole Peeler is hilarious so I had to jump into my earc of Jinn and Juice! It has definitely been a lot of fun so far and I really love the jinni element. I highly recommend this new series for urban fantasy fans that are looking for a jinni in their life :D. I’ll be picking up the paperback when it comes out because it is so gorgeous while still portraying the character accurately <3.

A Darker Shade of MagicI was so so so excited to receive a hardcover of A Darker Shade of Magic this week and immediately started it. I looooooove the magic and world so much and am amusingly reminded of Mistborn partially because the main guy is named Kell ;-). But it also just has a similar fun tone of magic + thieves trying to do the right thing in worlds that are pretty screwed up. Definitely recommended!

I was very excited to get an audio review copy of Winner’s Crime and started it as soon as I was done with my previous (Dove Arising which wasn’t that great). I’ll be honest all, I’m a little bored at 40%. Does it get amazingly better soon or am I just not that into Kestrel? The narration is pretty good, though I have an issue with this quiver/warble she puts at the end of a lot of sentences >.>.

And in case you missed it, these were my posts this week:

Next Week’s Reading

(books up next on the reading list, thoughts?)

Grave Matters Villain Keeper A Wicked Thing

I just got a copy of Grave Matters in the mail and I’m excited to start it right away. I really enjoyed book one and hope book two is even better :D. If I manage to finish my current eARC, I can’t decide what to read next. I’m thinking I want to try Villain Keeper since it looks cute and has a dragon on the cover >.>. I also haven’t had a chance to read A Wicked Thing yet and I think it is pretty good right? What do you think I should read? :D

Happy Reading!

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings – Anya

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  1. I read Jinn and Juice this weekend and adored it! It was so much fun! I hope you continue to love it. :D
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  2. Happy belated birthday! And good luck with the surgery. I’ll be thinking of you and hoping it goes well :)
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  3. You’re only 25? Huh, for some reason I thought you were older. Oh well, happy birthday anyway! Best of luck with the back surgery!
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  4. Happy Birthday
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  5. Happy birthday again, Anya! And good luck with your upcoming back surgery. Maybe you’ll be able to do some reading while you recover…?

  6. Happy birthday, Anya! I hope your back surgery goes well and that once it heals, you’ll be without pain. All three of your next reads look fun. I’m curious about the Lauren Roy series – must go check it out.
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  7. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! And good luck with your surgery next month, I hope it helps.

    Peeler has a great sense of humor; you should check out her Jane True series.

    Happy reading!
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  8. Happy birthday too yooouuuu! Hope you have a great day today. And I’m glad to hear you’re getting surgery – hopefully this means you’ll get rid of the pain you have to deal with now.

    I heard fabulous things about Nicole Peeler. I want to try her older series soon (because yay finished series), and those covers are adorable too. Happy reading :D

    • Haha, thanks! I definitely need to try out Peeler’s previous series as well, I’ve heard they’re hilarious!

  9. Happy Birthday! Hope you have lots of fun and are able to read all you want to.

    Good luck with the surgery too! Hope that all goes well and you can be pain-free ASAP.
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    • Thanks! I think the drugs will make sure I am pain free very soon, haha, I just want to be drug free soon too!

  10. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANYA!!! (again) I hope you have a fantastic day filled with everything your heart desires ♥ That’s good news on the surgery too – and your surgery date is one day after MY birthday hehe! I’ll be thinking of you and hoping all goes well. YAY for ADSoM, I got that one too a few days again :D Can’t wait to get into it! Oh and I’ve been seeing Jinn and Juice all over lately, can’t wait to read your thoughts on it^^ Happy reading xx
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  11. Happy Birthday! I hope that you have a great day and that the surgery goes well. I’d vote for A Wicked Thing. I didn’t know the book, but I looked at the blurb and it seems that the author decided to answer the questions that I had when I heard the story as a child: How can she be happy waking up a century after she fell asleep when her whole world must have changed?
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    • I still haven’t gotten to Wicked Thing, but I completely agree, I really want to know how this author thinks things turn out!

  12. HAPPY 25TH BIRTHDAY ANYA! I hope you have an amazing day today! AND I hope everything is better after your surgery. Make sure to get tons of rest!!!

    A Darker Shade of Magic!!! I’m getting my copy onew the 24th! AND WHAT HIS NAME IS KELL? I don’t think I’ll ever be able to get over Kelsier from Mistborn :(
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    • Thanks!! :D I’ve been sleeping a lot in these days leading up to surgery and took Monday and Tuesday off work so I should be completely physically and mentally prepared!

      Hehe, he’s close enough to Kelsier that I kind of just pretended this was a prequel at times >.> ;-)

  13. Rogier (roro) says:

    Happy birthday , Anya. Jin and juice sounds fun. All the best with surgery and a speedy recovery

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